Urban Farmhouse Creations
Tell us about your business.I started building furniture in 2010 when my wife really wanted a farmhouse table. After I had made the first one, people loved them. I started building furniture on the side while working full time. In 2012, I was having to turn down furniture business because I didn't have enough time. It was what I really loved, so I decided to take a leap and take the furniture business full time as my only job. It was a scary decision, because my wife stays home with our 2 kids. It was the best decision I have ever made. Sometimes you have to take that leap. Eventually, I would like to see the business evolve to include a retail store, where customers can purchase pieces that are already made or order custom furniture and see the design options. I would also like to add a larger workshop and possibly an employee or two to help with the building process. I wouldn't want to lose the small business aspect of it, I think connecting with our customers is a big part of who we are as a company.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.I work out of my house. I turned my garage into a workshop and I show the design samples in my dining room. The garage can be a little crowded or "cozy" at times. Working from home allows me to avoid the overhead cost of a shop and the commute time. Savings I can pass to my customers. It also allows me to have more time with my family and gives me more flexibility on meeting with customers.
What inspires you?I am inspired by my customers. Working together with them to create the look and style they are trying to achieve for their home. I have a very rustic feel to my work. I like to reuse materials and re-purpose when I can. I love the look of old barns and buildings. I mainly work with wood and occasionally steel.
What makes your business stand out?We are a small business that makes custom, handcrafted furniture. Our two main focuses are on customer service and quality. I personally deal with each customer from first contact to delivery of the finished piece. I meet with them in person, or by phone. I sketch their design and try to really understand what they are looking for. I treat each customer like they are the most important, because they are. I warranty each piece of furniture I build. If something is not right I will absolutely repair it or replace it right away. If you're not happy, I'm not happy. I think this sets us apart and attributes to the number of repeat business and referrals we receive.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Make sure that you are doing something that you love. Be sure to take care of your customers. Don't forget to make time for your family and yourself. There are going to be stressful times. That is when you can remind yourself that it is worth it because you are doing this because you love it. Not everyone is lucky enough to say they get to do what they love for a living.
What does American Made mean to you?American made to me, means made with pride. Quality, integrity and built to last. The way our ancestors used to make things years ago. To me, American made doesn't just mean made by an American company, but physically made in America.
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